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Essential Rumi
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Coleman Barks
John Moyne
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1994, 1997
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Perhaps the world's greatest spiritual poet - the gold of Rumi pours down through Coleman's words. The words leap off the page and dance!
-- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

"If Rumi is the most-read poet in America today, Coleman Barks is in good part responsible. His ear for the truly divine madness in Rumi's poetry is trul remarkable."
-- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

"Brings something of the spiritual fragrance of Rumi into the contemporary American poetic medium and can service as a foretaste of the inner paradise of mystical poetry produced by that colossal figure of Sufi literature, Jalal al-Din Rumi."
-- Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University Professor of Islamic Studies

"At the end of our wanderings there is only the soul's yearning to return to God. No one speaks that yearning better than Rumi. No one, these days, does Rumi better than Coleman Barks."
-- Ram Dass, author of The Only Dance There Is

"In Coleman Barks's able hands, Rumi leaps across the centuries to join us as a contemporary. The humor, the beauty, and the wisdom in this collection are a timeless gift."
-- Jay Kinney, editor in chief, Gnosis Magazine

"Through Coleman Barks's inspired renderings, we tired, modern people have come not only to love Rumi, but even - a little - to love Who and What Rumi himself loved."
-- Jacob Needleman, author of The Heart of Philosophy and Money and the Meaning of Life